As the saying goes, “if you’re good enough, you’re old enough”, or in this particular case, young enough.
According to a SMH report*, evergreen Sharks forward Paul Gallen has agreed to terms on a 12-month extension with the club, that will see him play on past his 37th birthday.
The report notes that Gallen is yet to formally sign the contract, but at this point, that would appear to be a mere formality.
The re-signing has been expected for a while, with both Gallen and Sharks coach Shane Flanagan making noises about bringing Gallen back in recent months.
Gallen is currently the oldest player in the NRL, and the second oldest – Sharks teammate Chris Heighington – is also in talks with Cronulla for a 2018 encore. Number 15 on that list, teammate Luke Lewis (who’ll play his 300th first grade game tonight), also recently re-signed for 2018.
If there’s one thing the Sharks won’t be lacking in 2018, it’s experience.
Gallen has played 296 first grade games for the Sharks, 24 Origins for New South Wales, and 32 Tests for Australia.
*Barrett, Chris. “Gallen signs on for 18th year at Cronulla” Sydney Morning Herald [Sydney] 21 July 2017: page 40.